Wild Nothing and Ceo perform Thursday, Sept. 16, at Popscene. 8 p.m., no advance tickets available; www.popscene-sf.com.
Those smitten with the 1980s U.K. new-wave epoch now fondly referred to as "postpunk" — especially My Bloody Valentine, the Cure (circa its first three albums), and bands on the legendary 4AD label — will feel as if Wild Nothing pulled them into a fuzzy-navel time warp. A vehicle for Jack Tatum (formerly of the band Facepaint), Wild Nothing's debut is Gemini, which displays strummed, pinging, and mildly distorted guitars; hazy, distant-sounding, and gauzy vocals, shimmering synthesizers; and (groan) use of the drum machine. The album is not retro flotsam, however — Tatum imbues his sweetly melancholic melodies with muted tenderness, forsaking doomy posturing. These 12 songs are succinct and exude a cozy rainy-day feel — and to perform them live, Wild Nothing expands to become a full band.